Double Baptism

February 24, 2014


Hello those that probably didn't hold their right arm to the square and get their waist-down wet at 6:30pm PST,
Something I would like to state before anything else: I officially have no dress pants (besides my suit pants) left. I have somehow made a whole in all of them, the most recent being death by a handstand. Yep, life is good.
So yesterday was pretty great. Had baptisms for Nacho and Jesse! It was great. I got to baptize Nacho, and a friend got to baptize Jesse. The font room was packed. It was such a great experience. They both were super happy to be baptized. The program was great. Elder Treanor gave two talks in a day (sacrament meeting and at the baptism), so he was pretty worn out. That makes seven new members total of the Pioneer ward. Happy day. :)
I went on exchanges twice this week. There were two significant events, I would say, of those exchanges.
1. I biked at least couple miles up the steepest hill. At one point, I was in the lowest possible gear, and was still worn out. All in tight suit pants.
2. We went to a donut shop to teach a lesson. Afterwards, I went to buy a donut. I heard a teen brother and sister speaking Chinese to each other. So, hoping I wouldn't be offensive in any way, asked them if they spoke Mandarin Chinese. She said yes. I said I speak a little Chinese, in Chinese. Jaws dropped. Then I told her my name, what my friend's name, and asked for their names. It looked like I knew what I was doing, but in reality I used 90% of the Chinese I remember. To top it off, I blew their minds with magic tricks. I also blew the minds of the people behind the counter. No free donut, though. 15 minutes of fame. In a donut shop.
The other highlight of the week was our zone conference. We talked about a lot of stuff, but it seemed the focus was on Obedience, and Working with the Ward. Good scripture on obedience is Deuteronomy 8:2. Why are we on earth? The same reason they wandered for 40 years. 
Deuteronomy 8:2  And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. 
Really inspiring and motivating. I love it. This is the last week of the transfer, and I think I will probably go. I have baptized all the people I felt were going to get baptized, and now the people that are left have a ways to go. I think I have left my mark here in Redlands. I can't complain, though. Seven months in an area is pretty sweet, and I got a lot of stuff done. 
Me about 15 feet up picking the best oranges I have ever had in my life for a lady
Love you all! Oh, and my prediction for the apostle visiting our mission: Elder Christofferson. Back-Up Prediction: Elder Perry. Either way, send me suggestions for questions I should ask, if I get the opportunity.

E. Summerhays


20 YEARS OLD!!!

February 13, 2014


Hello people who have birthdays,

I never thought I would be 20 years old. It's strange. I don't feel 20. I'm not even sure what 20 is supposed to feel like. I am grateful for members here, though, making my birthday awesome. Thank you to the people that wrote me letters!!!! Big shout out to the Danbury Ward!!!! It really made my birthday the best it could have been. 
Sorry there was no email on Monday. We are going to the temple today, so they switched our P-Day to today.

Anyway, this week has been pretty good. We have been having some great lessons with Nacho. During once of the lessons, a friend of the family's stopped by with her daughter, doing a survey for a science project. We had to identify all 8 planets and the sun based on a mock solar system. Nacho got 50% percent. E. Treanor, myself, and Nacho's 8 y.o. son got 100%. Yep, still smart. Nacho has made some awesome progress. He is all set to be baptized on Feb 23rd. He just needs and interview. Nacho is probably the most eager person I've met as far as wanting to be baptized. He has quite a lot of things, and has taken up a lot of good things. His actions truly show his desire to be baptized. I'm glad I have the privilege to harvest the seed that has been growing for the past 11 years Nacho has been meeting with the missionaries on and off. From what he has told us, he is now a totally different person from what he used to be. It's amazing. Also, he wants to baptize his son, who is 8, once he has received the priesthood. It's going to be awesome.
Jesse is well on his way, too. He got interview a few days ago, and is all set. We will be setting up the program with him soon. He, too, will be baptized on the 23rd. I have heard having two investigators baptized at the same time is an amazing experience. I can't wait.
We picked some lemons at member's home. It started to rain (finally!!!! All of California fasted for rain. It rained a bunch in other places that needed it. We got a nice little sprinkle), so we went inside for cookies. :) Biking, though, with cookies in your stomach, isn't too fun. Especially when you are biking to dinner. And from dinner. I thought I was going to explode right there on the bike. Still in one piece, though.

I wish other people were as easy and ready to teach and be baptize as Jesse and Nacho. Now that I think about it, though, all the people that I have had the honor in seeing be baptized have been easy and ready to teach. Those are the people that we are looking for. Those who aren't ready yet, we are just preparing them for the next missionaries who will have the privilege of harvesting the seeds we have planted, just as we have.
Keep doing your missionary work in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ! There are so many people out there that don't even know that Jesus can help them in their darkest points in life, and it's our job, as those with that special knowledge, to share it with everyone. As our mission president always tells us, "Go forth with GREAT faith and MIGHTY prayer!"
Elder Summerhays

Happy 20th Birthday

February 10, 2014


Hello people who have birthdays,
I never thought I would be 20 years old. It's strange. I don't feel 20. I'm not even sure what 20 is supposed to feel like. I am grateful for members here, though, making my birthday awesome. Thank you to the people that wrote me letters!!!! Big shout out to the Danbury Ward!!!! It really made my birthday the best it could have been. 
Sorry there was no email on Monday. We are going to the temple today, so they switched our P-Day to today.

Anyway, this week has been pretty good. We have been having some great lessons with Nacho. During once of the lessons, a friend of the family's stopped by with her daughter, doing a survey for a science project. We had to identify all 8 planets and the sun based on a mock solar system. Nacho got 50% percent. E. Treanor, myself, and Nacho's 8 y.o. son got 100%. Yep, still smart. Nacho has made some awesome progress. He is all set to be baptized on Feb 23rd. He just needs and interview. Nacho is probably the most eager person I've met as far as wanting to be baptized. He has quite a lot of things, and has taken up a lot of good things. His actions truly show his desire to be baptized. I'm glad I have the privilege to harvest the seed that has been growing for the past 11 years Nacho has been meeting with the missionaries on and off. From what he has told us, he is now a totally different person from what he used to be. It's amazing. Also, he wants to baptize his son who is 8, once he has received the priesthood. It's going to be awesome.
Jesse is well on his way, too. He got interview a few days ago, and is all set. We will be setting up the program with him soon. He, too, will be baptized on the 23rd. I have heard having two investigators baptized at the same time is an amazing experience. I can't wait. 
We picked some lemons at member's home. It started to rain (finally!!!! All of California fasted for rain. It rained a bunch in other places that needed it. We got a nice little sprinkle), so we went inside for cookies. :) Biking, though, with cookies in your stomach, isn't too fun.  Especially when you are biking to dinner - and from dinner.  I thought I was going to explode right there on the bike. I am still in one piece, though.
I wish other people were as easy and ready to teach and be baptized as Jesse and Nacho have been. Now that I think about it, though, all the people that I have had the honor in seeing be baptized have been easy and ready to teach. Those are the people that we are looking for. Those who aren't ready yet, we are just preparing them for the next missionaries who will have the privilege of harvesting the seeds we have planted, just as we have.
Keep doing your missionary work in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ! There are so many people out there that don't even know that Jesus can help them in their darkest points in life, and it's our job, as those with that special knowledge, to share it with everyone. As our mission president always tells us, "Go forth with GREAT faith and MIGHTY prayer!"
Elder Summerhays    

Redlands Pics

Cali- snowman from a can
Treanors Talen

Musty Faces

Pizza!

Redlands Roomates

One Down and One to Go

February 2, 2014



Hello people who are younger, older, or the same age as me!

Yep! I have officially been on my mission for one year! I have approximately 358 days left (but who is counting?). While a lot has happened, I will just give the highlights of the week. Here I go.

-BOBBY GOT BAPTIZED!!!! After not knowing God for 45 years, meeting with the missionaries for about two years, and going to church for who knows how long, he finally took the first step towards repentance and got cleansed of his sins! The gospel is true! I know this couldn't have been possible without the Book of Mormon. It is a perfect example of the promise in the Introduction to the Book of Mormon, "Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world." Yep, no other explanation besides that's it's true.
-Nacho has gone without coffee and alcohol for a while now, and has felt the promptings of the Holy Ghost. He shared with us that after he got out of the shower one morning, he felt the urge to read the Book of Mormon. It kind of confused him, but he quickly got dressed and hurried down stairs, and read the Book of Mormon. Proof that he can now hear the whispering of the Spirit because his mind is not affected by other substances. He may not make his scheduled baptism date, but he will eventually be baptized! Oh, and he said he has had troubles managing his finances, so we gave him the best two pieces of advice. 1) Continue to read, pray, and go to church, and eventually live the law of Tithing, and 2) Look up Dave Ramsey. :)
-We had the opportunity to give a tour of the stake center  with a counselor in the presidency. It went really well.  He didn't come to church or Bobby’s baptism like he said he might. Well, I guess he said he “might”, which leaves room for not coming. Dang it. 
-Twice in one day, we talked with members in law enforcement. My eyes are opened to the craziness of cop/detective life. We learned that the Police Academy is insane!  If I was more fit and didn't already have an interest in film, I'd probably be a cop. 
-I heard the Superbowl was a flop. I guess I'm not missing much. 

Yep, that is my life. Next week, I will be having my last birthday on my mission. I will be turning the Big 2-0. Wow. I am so "old". 

I am loving the gospel and all that it brings. Every time I take the sacrament I better understand how much God loves us. Ahh, I just can't believe there are so many non-believers, which is why we should all be "an example of the believers". For all you members out there, make sure you do your part by inviting and loving others! Ask the missionaries for Book of Mormons so you can have one in your car! Invite to church activities! Invite to dinner! Invite to church! Invite them to help you write and then hear you talk in church! Blessings are promised, and I am reaping them right now. 

Love you all,

Elder Summerhays


 
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